to Hand in Hand Infant/Toddler Centre
Hand in Hand Infant/Toddler Centre is a school-community partnership involving School District #67 and Penticton & District Community Resources Society and which provides quality care for children under the age of three of young parents who are attending school in Penticton.
158 Eckhardt Avenue East, Penticton
Jane @ (250) 492-3803
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The program provides a variety of activities to support children's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
The centre recognizes parents/guardians as partners in our committment to providing quality service. We involve parents/guardians in all decisions affecting their child, including intake and basic assessments, parent support meetings, program newsletters, parent information bulletin board and daily communication opportunities. Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate in or observe day care activities and arrange a parent meeting to discuss their child's progress, as necessary.
We receive yearly food donations from the Alliance Church every January when finances are tight for many of our families after the Christmas celebration.
Hand In Hand works very closely with the church to support our families so some of their basic needs can be met. (socks, snow pants etc)
- To provide a variety of enriched early learning activities including opportunities to develop and enhance the skills required for healthy child development such as large and small motor skills, cognition, and social skills.
- To promote individuality, positive self-concept and respect for other people and their uniqueness
- To provide a quality, early child care environment that is positive, nurturing and supportive
- To provide a quality program based on professional early childhood standards and to support staff in their ongoing professional development
- To promote healthy lifestyles for children and their families by providing snacks that meet Canada's Food Guidelines, and by teaching self-care skills that promote proper personal care and hygiene
- To support and build strong, healthy families
- To work in partnership with other agencies and community professionals on behalf of the children we serve
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The program believes in providing service in which all children are welcomed, supported, and valued. This means that the activities of playing, learning and growing happen in a way in which all children feel they belong. All children have different abilities and aptitudes; an inclusive setting accommodates and builds on those. The program follows the principles of a family-centred approach, shared responsibility and individual planning for children
The Participant Information Handbook is also provided to each family during the Program orientation. The Supervisor will review the contents of the handbook with each family, ensuring that they have each been informed of the policies and procedures of the Program.
Your Child's Safety
Learning, exploring and developing new skills always involves some challenge and often some risk. We take responsibility to ensure we provide the safest environment possible which involves:
active and positive supervision
safe space arrangement of furniture, equipment and activities
developmentally appropriate programming and activities
preventative policies and procedures
I dropped out of highschool when I was seventeen, while I was still pregnant with my daughter. After she was born, I thought I would never be able to finish high school since I now had a baby to take care of. When my daughter was ten months old, I found an ad in the local newspaper for ConnectEd Learning Centre. The ad said that they had an "Adult Graduation Program". When I arrived at ConnectEd for my appointment, I told the counselor about my daughter and she recommended Hand in Hand Infant/Toddler Centre. The daycare coordinator, Jacqueline Farebrother, showed me around the facility and explained to me how it worked. She also helped me apply for childcare subsidy. The following week, my daughter was in daycare and I was in school.
Hand in Hand doesn't ONLY take care of my daughter everyday while I'm in school. They have helped me in many other ways as well. They have given me diapers and clothes for my daughter and they have even given me food hampers. If it weren't for Hand in Hand, its staff and all of its sponsors, I would have never been able to return to school. I probably never would have finished school, or even thought of going to college, if not for Hand in Hand and all of their support. Hand in Hand has made it possible for me to get my Adult Graduation Diploma and begin looking into college courses. I am now also in the process of looking for work. I will continue to use Hand in Hand while I am working and when I go to college.
I hope that other young mothers, now and in the future, can have the same opportunities and experiences that I have had with Hand in Hand. Kari
Words cannot express the gratitude we have for you!
You have been such an amazing support system for not only Georgia, but for Darren & I as well.
You run an amazing centre and we have always been so proud to say that our daughter attends Hand in Hand.
You helped us recognize that daycare is an important stepping stone in our daughter's social, emotional and academic learning.......... Julie & Darren Yates
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